ViaRhôna cycle route guides tourists from all over the world, from the alpine mountains to the beaches of the Camargue.
815 km long, and located for the most part along the Rhône, it offers cyclists a diversity of exceptional landscapes.
From alpine panoramas, to the banks of the river and the vineyards that line it, not to mention the crossing of the perched villages and fields of lavender and olive trees of Provence, it's a real "concentrate of France" that is available to lovers of the little queen.
Beyond cycling, ViaRhôna is a great opportunity to discover and enjoy at your own pace the many treasures of the territories crossed. Gastronomy, oenology, culture, heritage, nature will be the main travelling companions of curious tourists.
ViaRhôna is crossing 3 regions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, South Region and Occitania), 12 counties and 10 protected reserves or natural areas... It allows those who use it to appreciate 3 UNESCO classified sites (Lyon, Avignon and Arles), and for epicureans, it should be noted that nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants are located near its route.
The route is relatively flat (no more than 3% difference in altitude, with the notable exception of the first 60 kilometres between Geneva and Seyssel). It is therefore accessible to all.
ViaRhôna is 87% developed and is expected to be completed in 2020.
The ViaRhôna and EuroVelo 17 logos are shown on the signage.
Route profile :
22% on cycle paths
78% on small roads with low traffic
Be careful between Lyon and Givors, a temporary route is in place (with signage) but can be complicated for families and new-comers.
Train (TER) strongly recommended on this section (Givors <> Lyon).
Tips and hints
ParkingMany car parks are available along the route
Book recommendation by the author
Before you leave:
- Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
- Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
- Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
- Take a repair kit with you
- Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
- Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
- Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
- Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
- Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
- Find out about the weather conditions
- A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
- Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
- Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
- If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen
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